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I really enjoyed the concept of Mr Kehlmann's story, but it was underdeveloped. It's closest analog might be Stephen King's "The Shining," but with less detail. He did a good job of not copying that story, but his story left me feeling unfulfilled. The characters were interesting, and I wanted to learn more about them, but got too little history to develop much sympathy for them. That the principal character was a writer attempting to complete a screen play seemed poetic in a way, since the dialogue between the characters was the most detailed and skillfully done part of the story. Still, I was left feeling like the story itself was skeletal, like an outline of something that should've been bigger. I wish I could read (understand) the German language, as I suspect some story details and dramatic impact may have been lost in the translation. But, with all due respect to Mr Dean the translator, I'll admit this is mere speculation.
I enjoyed the reading of the story. The actor's performance was entertaining. His vocal range was very interesting, with a mellifuous baritone that was quite distinctive. He reminded me a little of Orson Welles.
No doubt I'll have to read more of Mr Kehlmann's work...